June 8th, 2017170 views
When President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre on the evening of April 14, 1865, his death wasn't immediate. Every effort was made to save him in the most comfortable place nearby, The Petersen House, located right across the street. At the time, it was owned and inhabited by namesake couple William and Anna Petersen and their boarders.
On the evening of Lincoln's assassination, the Petersens were practically invisible; they slept in the basement as doctors attempted to save the President, then keep him comfortable while friends and family came to say goodbye. Learn all about that fateful night when you visit The Petersen House today. It still stands as a museum right across from Ford's Theatre. In fact, when you buy a ticket to tour Ford's Theatre, you automatically gain admission to The Petersen House. Check out its three rooms, each decked out to mimic the way they would've looked when Lincoln was killed, and The Center for Education and Leadership. The Center is filled with rotating historical exhibits and lecture spaces.